CARING FOR HARDWOOD FURNITURE

Quality hardwood furniture is an investment that can easily last a lifetime and beyond with the right care. It's surprisingly easy to look after and a small amount of care will extend your furniture's life considerably.

Take a look at the information below for hints and tips on how to keep your furniture looking its best.

FURNITURE WAX POLISH

Did you know that almost half the weight of freshly sawn wood is water? All timbers used in the furniture supplied by Rivermead Global Furniture undergoes a meticulous kiln drying process to carefully reduce this moisture content, leaving just enough so that it can properly acclimate to the relative humidity in your home.

One of the best ways to help your furniture acclimate is to treat it immediately with our specially formulated wax polish, and to continue treating it at three month intervals. Doing so will protect and nourish the timbers; creating a long-lasting, protective seal. Our wax polish is available in two carefully selected shades, which are specifically blended for oak, and mango wood. For more information on the light polish click here and for the dark polish click here.

Do not use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than hardwood furniture as they are liable to damage the finish.

Please note that failure to treat your hardwood furniture as instructed could result in drying and splitting, and the invalidation of your warranty.

Top tips for looking after your hardwood furniture:

DO

  • Treat your furniture with wax polish immediately upon receipt and then every three months to protect and nourish the wood
  • Blot up spills immediately with a soft, slightly damp cloth
  • Use coasts, placemats and tablecloths to protect furniture during use

DON'T

  • Place items of furniture in areas which receive direct sunlight, as this can cause fading to the finish
  • Place furniture directly next to heating or air conditioning vents
  • Use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than hardwoods furniture, as they are liable to damage the finish

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE

The appeal of solid hardwood handcrafted furniture is that each piece is unique in terms of colour, natural marks and grain patterns and workmanship. Consequently, you may notice some differences between items from the same range; any such differences are considered an integral part of this totally natural product.

Due to the nature of handmade furniture, all ranges will feature varying degrees of distressing from piece to piece; this may include wood splits, filling, knots, distress marks, antiquing etc. As above, such features are considered integral to the 'traditional' charm of handcrafted solid hardwood furniture. To complement these unique qualities, some of our ranges are crafted to have a 'distressed' or 'rustic' styling. This is very much intended by our skilled craftsman and makes each piece totally unique with a 'lived in' appearance.

CARING FOR LEATHER FURNITURE

Leather is a natural product with many highly desirable characteristics - it's stylish, comfortable and exceptionally durable. With the right care, your new leather upholstery will retain its natural beauty for many years to come.

We recommend you treat your leather upholstery immediately on delivery, prior to use, and every few months thereafter. Do not use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than leather as they are liable to spoil the finish. Protect your leather furniture from strong sunlight and excessive heat such as radiators.

Although every effort is made to achieve uniformity, no two hides are the same, and you may see variations in shade and texture of the grain between products. Natural markings such as healed scars, wrinkling, stretch marks and veining may also be present; these are considered an integral part of the leather and should not be viewed as faults. All these features add to the natural beauty of the leather and show it is the real thing.